I really don’t like Wolves. I don’t like the way they’re run, I don’t like their players, I don’t like their manager and I don’t like their fans pretending their return to being a mid-table Premier League side is anything other than artificial.
However, as every other Evertonian feels, I hate Everton Football Club far more than any other football team, and that is absolutely unequivocal. The current incarnation of the team is as inconsistent as it is soulless, and it is that inconsistency that drags us back in as much as the team tries so desperately to alienate the passionate fanbase.
I imagine a barren transfer period will do nothing to soothe seething fans, but this season is not important. We will be a mid-table team, seventh at best, and if Mr Brands is content to wait until summer where he sees greater value for money, then I support that entirely.
We exit the transfer window as we entered. Going into a tricky home game, but this time, we can’t really afford to lose at all.
GK - Jordan Pickford
Hopefully that is the end of Pickford’s poor run between the sticks, and he can get back to being one of the Premier League’s elite.
RB - Séamus Coleman
Séamus plays only because our left-backs are otherwise occupied, so Jonjoe must make do over on the other side.
CB - Kurt Zouma
A central defensive partnership that managed to keep a clean sheet last time out should probably not be altered, especially in Kurt’s case after an impressive showing.
It looks like we will have to wait until summer to see if we can make Kurt’s move a permanent one, and to see if Brands’ sees the Frenchman as more of a stop-gap than an answer.
CB - Michael Keane
Like I said, no need to change a solid partnership just yet.
LB - Jonjoe Kenny
Jonjoe will have to deputise out of position for this one, as Digne took one for the team after his own mistake after he was brought on for an injured Leighton Baines.
CM - Tom Davies
Tom Davies is a name that I didn’t think I’d be putting back on a teamsheet for the forseeable future, but the world of Everton work in very mysterious ways and here we are, an exciting game from Tom leads him to displace Gylfi Sigurdsson/Idrissa Gana Gueye (dependant on how you want to look at it) in my side, and nothing of that is down to injury.
Until the end of the season, players like Davies, Ademola Lookman, Kenny, Bernard and even some such as Beni Baningime, Fraser Hornby and Ellis Simms should be given plenty of chances to develop under Mr Silva, and may save Mr Brands some cash in the summer.
CM - André Gomes
André may be needing a rest, but he is infinitely superior to Gylfi Sigurdsson, and so we will need his ability to break Wolves down on Saturday afternoon.
RW - Ademola Lookman
Ademola is still our most consistently talented winger, with Bernard’s patchy nature and Richarlison’s fall off.
AM - Bernard
Bernard needs to be deployed through the middle. Not because he isn’t good enough out wide, because he certainly can be an excellent player out there, but as a #10, he can use all of his talents with much more freedom.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s form makes this somewhat of an easier decision
LW - Richarlison
There isn’t much debate any longer that Richarlison’s best position is out wide. He is much more effective in picking the ball up out wide and working inside from there, rather than with his back to goal.
ST - Cenk Tosun
Cenk Tosun is our centre-forward, like it or not. He shows an attitude for the shirt that no one else can quite match at the club, and he is of a mold that is instantly appealing to every fan. He is a goalscorer when provided with service, and that is the job of the very dynamic three behind him this weekend.